Tip: How To Secure Your Cutting Board
Now that the New Year is here it’s important to learn ways you can be safe in the kitchen. For those seasoned cooks it’s also important that you don’t forget some of the most simple tricks & tips.
Insuring that your cutting board is secure is paramount when cutting vegetables, meats, carving, or chopping and dicing. Without a secure cutting board your hands can become a recipe for disaster.
Forget about purchasing expensive gadgets to keep your board in place. Even though I’m a gadget girl, try my easy tip, that everyone has in their kitchen!
Watch my quick video to learn how quickly you can save your fingers and hands from an emergency run to the ER with my tip. Plus, it’s a great lesson to teach your children and grandchildren too! This tip is one you’ll never forget, but don’t be lazy – use it! Watch my video as I show you”How To Secure Your Cutting Board!”
Of course learning your Knife Skills is also key to safety in the kitchen. A class I can teach you privately on-line, in-home, or in a group setting.
A funny skit and perfect example (okay maybe extremely exaggerated) of a knife accident in the kitchen, is this one with Dan Aykroyd when he plays Julia Child on Saturday Night Live. It’s truly a classic! If you’ve never seen it you need to watch. Those of you that remember Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live will probably remember this. It’s a riot! Of course, if this actually happened it wouldn’t be so funny. Watch & Roar!!!
What should you consider when purchasing a cutting board?
- Is it NSF certified? NSF certification is your key to making sure that the products you use meet strict standards for public health protection. … From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, every aspect of a product’s development is thoroughly evaluated before it can earn that certification. If it is NSF certified it will have the label printed on the packaging.
- What is the board made out of? Can it easily crack or scar?
- If you’re not a fan of hand washing then you might want to ask yourself, “Is it dishwasher safe and if so, will my cutting board fit in my dishwasher?”
- Do I need a board with moats (grooves) to catch the juices of meat when carving?
Some of my favorite NSF certified cutting boards are:
- John Boos – a wood board. Not be placed in the dishwasher. Must be regularly oiled with food-grade mineral oil to protect it from staining or warping. Very forgiving with knives.
- Bamboo – A hard grass, a sustainable, renewable resource that needs no chemicals to thrive or be harvested. They absorb less liquid than wood boards but have a harder surface making it tougher on knives. Bamboo boards to look for are Totally Bamboo and Bambu both of which use formaldehyde-free glues.
- Plastic – I personally favor the plastic boards where one side can catch the juices and the other side flat. They’re firm but not to hard that it will ruin your knife, plus if purchase the correct size you can throw them in the dishwasher. Some say that plastic can get marred by knives but I’ve never had that problem. The board below is from Williams Sonoma
- Flexible Cutting Boards – I have a couple sets and use them on top of my heavy-duty cutting boards, then swap them out when using different meats, veggies, etc. when prepping. Plus they’re ideal when cutting herbs and veggies to simply pick up and pour into the pan.
What type of cutting board do you prefer and why?